Vivek Sharma began April 4 as the University of Wyoming Extension irrigation specialist based at the Powell Research and Extension Center.
Sharma is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at UW.
“Water is the life support of irrigated agriculture in Wyoming, as the state’s 1.5 million acres of irrigated lands are vital to the economy,” said Sharma. “I welcome input on issues and concerns, especially those related to agricultural water management at different locations throughout the state.”
Sharma’s areas of focus are maximizing the benefits of irrigated crop production through efficiently designed agriculture water management, as well as monitoring of soil moisture and crop water use. He cites special interest in techniques such as remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS) to enhance decision making in agricultural sustainability and water resources.
Sharma earned a bachelor of technology degree in agricultural engineering from Punjab Agricultural University in India and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in biological systems engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Continue reading